Christmas in a Small Town

Christmas in a Small Town logoSaturday, Dec. 3, 2022 | Coon Rapids Main Street
Coon Rapids' annual holiday tradition began in 2008 as an evening filled with Christmas shopping and fellowship.  In its 15th year, this year’s event promises to once again be a magical experience with live reindeer, carriage rides, lighted Christmas parade and holiday concert in addition to local shopping, dining and other family-friendly activities on Main Street Coon Rapids! 

Click here to download an event schedule/flyer.
Christmas in a Small Town 2022

Events and Activities

Live Reindeer | 10am – 12pm | Iowa Saving Bank |118 5th Ave.
Take your photo in Santa’s magical sleigh with a live reindeer. The reindeer and sleigh will be located on the lawn of Iowa Savings Bank.

Children’s coloring contest and hot chocolate @ Above & Beyond Remodelers | 510 Main | all day

Chocolate fountain buffet @ Nature Ammil |408 Main | all day

Photography photo booth with Christmas backdrop set up in the Natural Expression Photography
studio for people to use | 622 Railway Street | 10am-3pm

Outdoor inflatables for photo opportunities, games and prizes @ Tony’s Corner | 600 Main | 10:30am - 3pm

Pine cone bird feeder and nut-free Santa and elf hat crafts sponsored by Whiterock Conservancy @ Nature Ammil |408 Main | 10:30am – 4pm

Mr. and Mrs. Claus meeting and photo opportunity @ the American Legion |419 Main |11am-1pm

Holiday mini golf sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Church Youth Group @ Venteicher Garage | 413 Main | 11am-4pm

Live reading of “The Night Before Christmas” with gifts for kids @ Main Street Coon Rapids office | 406 Main | 11am, 11:30am, 12pm and 12:30pm

Cookie Decorating Activity sponsored by Kimmes Country Store@ United Methodist Church | 119 4th | 12-2pm

Wine Tasting @Frohlich’s SuperValu |403 Main | 1-4 pm

Snowman Soup Activity @ Public Library | 123 3rd | 1:30-3pm

Face painting sponsored by Ascension Lutheran Church @ City Council Chambers| 123 3rd | 1-3pm

Create greeting cards with CR-B art teacher Bella Myers @ Main Street Coon Rapids office | 406 Main | 1-3pm

Bingo @ Thomas Rest Haven | 217 Main | 2-4 pm

Kids activity @ Chuck’s Bar & Grill | 512 Main | 2-4pm

Horse-drawn Carriage Rides | 1-3pm | Corner of Main St. & Fifth Ave.

Lighted Parade: Disney on Ice | 5:30pm | Traveling around town
Click here to download the parade route and here for the registration form. Staging will begin at 4:30pm by the Coon Rapids Municipal Building on the corner of Main St. and Third Ave. Prizes will be given for 1st Place Best Theme, 2nd Place Best Theme, Most Creative and Best Light Show.  Sponsored by: Community Insurance Agency

The Pale Moons Christmas Concert | Raccoon River Social Club | 513 Main | 7:30 pm | Cash bar available sponsored by Creating Great Places

Tis the season

Ascension Lutheran Church Carolers Stroll
11am-3pm | Enjoy the musical talents of the carolers as they stroll up and down Main Street.

Gifts for good little shoppers
The Christmas in a Small Town committee has partnered with Santa’s helpers to reward local shoppers with Coon Buck gift certificates this year. His elves will be randomly appearing around Coon Rapids between Thanksgiving and Christmas presenting over $4,000 in Coon Bucks to shoppers. Shop local and you may be rewarded.

A Giving Tree will be placed in Frohlich’s SuperValu.
Each tag on the tree will list the age, gender and wish list of an unidentified child from the area. Anyone is welcome to select a tag off the tree and purchase a corresponding gift for a child. Gifts can be dropped off at the City Clerk’s Office.

Stuff the Bus
CR-B National Honor Society will have a bus parked outside Frohlich’s SuperValu. Purchase a bag of food from the store or bring new items from home and stuff them into the bus. All donations go to the CR-B Food Pantry.

Mighty Clovers Grocery Grab and Dash Raffle | 10 am-noon | Hardware Hank Purchase a raffle ticket for the Mighty Clover 4H Club’s Grocery Grab and Dash. The winning raffle ticket holder will be given one minute to dash around Frohlich’s SuperValu and put as many grocery items in his/her cart as possible. A second grab and dash participant will do the same but the grocery items will be donated to the Coon Rapids and Bayard food pantry. The Mighty Clovers will pay for the groceries for both participants.

Avenue of Trees
Stroll through the lit Christmas trees in the Coon Rapids Municipal Building Lobby (123 3rd Ave)

Business Open Houses and Shopping Promotions
Support local businesses and start your Christmas shopping.  Downtown retailers will extend their hours until 5:00 p.m.

Beautifully Me Salon & Spa
Holiday Shopping

Brown Bag & Co. Holiday Shopping 10am – 4pm Free gift with $75 purchase

Coon Rapids Hardware Hank  Open house.serving cookies and drinks. Come play our Wheel of Fortune Game with chances to win up to 30% off your purchase. In store special all day long!

Frohlich's SuperValu Open normal hours. Wine tasting 1-4pm.

Nature Ammil  Open 10am-5pm. We will have a chocolate fountain buffet in the candy shop area for customers to enjoy!

Natural Expression Photography Photography photo booth with Christmas backdrop set up in the studio for people to use, and we will have special pricing on gift certificates from 10am-3pm.

New Hope Bargain Shop  Open normal hours

Patriot Trainer Fitness  Open House 10am-4m, $5 holiday smoothies, drawing for prizes.

Style on Main Open normal hours

Village Hobby House  Open House 10am-2pm Drawings and refreshments

Drinks and Dinning

Local restaurants will be open all day and into the evening offering Christmas dinners and other tasty meals. Make sure to spread some holiday cheer to our local chefs by supporting their businesses (free delivery, dine-in or take-out available).

Community Meal
@ American Legion Building | freewill donations | 11am-1pm
Hosted by the American Legion Family, serving maidrites, chips and drink

Chuck's Bar and Grill  Dine-in or carry out $1.00 off beer and most mixed drinks. Join us in the evening for a Christmas Party from 9:30pm – close..

Coon Bowl III  Dine-in or carry out 11am-9pm

Country Store  Open for take-out

Frohlich's SuperValu  Open normal hours; Wine tasting 1-4pm

Jenna's Open 7am-5pm. Full menu, holiday drinks, coffee beans, and custom treats!

La Terraza Mexican Restaurant  Dine-in or carry out

      Thank you to the following businesses for supporting this wonderful tradition. Without their financial support we could not provide this great event.

      Event Sponsors
      Main Street Coon Rapids
      Coon Rapids Development Group

      Major Sponsors
      Above and Beyond Remodelers
      ACG Builders, LLC
      Ascension Lutheran Church
      AV Photography
      Availa Bank
      Brown Bag & Co.
      Chuck’s Bar and Grill
      Clayburg Seeds
      Community Insurance Agency
      Coon Bowl III
      Coon Rapids Enterprise
      Coon Rapids Golf & Country Club
      Coon Rapids Hardware Hank
      Coon Rapids Municipal Utilities
      Coon Rapids Pharmacy
      Country Store
      CR Axis Seed
      Dahn & Woodhouse Funeral Home
      Drago S.C.I.

      ET Products
      Frohlich’s SuperValu
      Heritage Insurance & Real Estate
      Iowa Savings Bank
      Jenna’s Tattooed Confections
      John Nielson Trucking
      Karl Pre-Owned Glidden
      KD Portables
      Lewis Chiropractic PC
      Lloyd’s Repair
      NAPA / Fast Lane Motor Parts
      Natural Expression Photography
      Nature Ammil
      New Way Ford
      NV Tree Service
      Patriot Trainer Fitness
      Raccoon River Social Club
      Reis Lawn Care
      Reis Seeds LLC
      Resurrection Rides, LLC
      South Station
      St. Anthony Medical Clinic
      Tony’s Corner
      Tory and Spencer Winnett
      Venteicher Electric

      Lighted Parade Prizes
      Community Insurance Agency

      Christmas Concert sponsor
      Creating Great Places

      Holiday Sponsors
      Alpine Car Wash
      Carrick Body Shop
      Colin’s Pest Control
      Gurney Parker Post 357 American Legion
      Ribbons and Roses Greenhouse
      Robyn Eddy Zyia Rep
      Shear Design
      The Rookery Cottage


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